Men in Childcare

Welcome to this page which features Men in Childcare. We hope to include articles, resources and other items of interest that will inform the debate about men working in the sector. If you have a useful resource or article that would support others and you would like to contribute to this page, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The seed for the Men in Childcare Network was initially sown by the Kilkenny County Childcare Committee (KCCC) in 2004. A discussion on the issue of diversity in childcare had highlighted the gender imbalance in the childcare workforce in Ireland, a large percentage of children have little contact with men and some children do not have positive male role models present in their lives.

There is the lowest representation of male workers in Europe (less than 1 per cent of the childcare workforce). While children are growing up in a society that is focusing more than ever on equality issues, many of those in full daycare are left in a situation where they have no contact with men between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

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Click on this interesting article which was published in 2019 by London Early Years Fondation in partnership with University of  Wolverhampton - Men in Childcare: Does it Matter to children, what do they say ?

Here is an interesting blog by LEYF's June O'Sullivan.  The subject is new research provided by children in answer to the question “Do Men in Childcare Matter” ? (2018)



 Men in Childcare - An international Study........


Just seven per cent of unpaid childcare in Ireland is done by men according to a new report which describes the country as having the most unequal gender responsibility for looking after children.


 From the Fatherhood Institute a report on Men in Childcare (2015)